When life gives you lemons…

 

Make lemonade.

Or you could just squeeze them into some hot water and detox the crap out of your body. But we’re not talking about actual lemons today. Today, I want to talk about setbacks.

We all experience them, all the time. Some are so minor they are almost negligible, like spilling coffee on your shirt and being late to work (weekly occurrences in my life… how bout you?). Some are so huge we don’t think we’ll ever recover.

I’m going to start with a personal story.

The Lemons.

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Yesterday I interviewed for a Dietetics & Integrative Medicine fellowship position within my department that I really wanted. I entered the interview with a relatively high level of confidence, but when I came out I felt very different. I knew I didn’t do my best and I had that deep gut feeling that it wasn’t going to end in my favor. I called my mom and told her about the interview with tear-filled eyes (hi mom, I know you’re reading). I was ready to accept that I didn’t get the position, but I hoped for the best.

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Grey’s Anatomy?

Okay. So, I don’t actually watch grey’s anatomy, which apparently is a crime. A lot of my dietetics friends love it. Especially the girls who adore clinical dietetics…which leads me into my actual topic for this post. Prior to my dietetic internship, the few episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “House” etc were the only “clinical experiences” I had.

Now, dietetics can be an extremely challenging field to be in. Our job as RDs (and RD2bes) is (usually) to guide people in making diet and lifestyle changes that will maintain, improve, or manage their health/condition, performance, and/or quality of life. In any practice area of dietetics, this can be a great challenge. Clinical dietetics is no exception, and from my experience, it’s a whole new level of difficulty.

I’m three weeks deep into my 16-week clinical rotation of my dietetic internship. I am working in a VA hospital, and so far I’ve spent the whole time in the outpatient clinic. I’ll be honest; I’ve been dreading clinical. I am not particularly confident in my medical nutrition therapy (MNT) skills/knowledge and I’ve found a much greater level of interest in community nutrition and other practice areas. Despite this, I always try to keep an open mind and I was actually excited to find out I would be starting with outpatient because I thought it was the type of clinical work I would like. I learned quickly that it was much more of a challenge than I could have fathomed. Continue reading “Grey’s Anatomy?”

Another Sunday, Another Meal Prep

 

You may or may not have noticed that I did not do a meal prep post last week. Don’t worry, I still did some prep but it wasn’t really worth posting about. First of all, I had friends from out of town come and stay with me for the weekend, so I spent a lot of money and didn’t have a lot of time or energy for extensive meal prep. Second of all, I started classes on Monday and have been trying to stay on top of everything, so I also didn’t have a lot of time and energy for writing a post about meal prep.

I kept it really simple and cheap last week but I want to give a quick overview so you can see what a less extensively planned meal prep looks like. I had a whole loaf of bread (Dave’s Killer Bread, my fave) in the freezer that I thawed, and I made sandwiches for lunch every day (egg salad or tuna). I paired that with raw veggies and fruit for a balanced meal. For dinners, I bought a poppyseed salad kit that lasted me for two days and added some leftover chicken thighs to that. Then for the other two dinners, I made some incredibly easy and delicious pork fried cauliflower rice. (Seriously the best thing, if you want the recipe just let me know).

Now that I’ve had plenty of time to recoup from last weekend, I made a kick booty menu for the week that I’m so excited to share. Here’s what we got:

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Meal Preppin’

This week, I held off on the meal prep until Monday again due to the holiday. I didn’t end up starting my internship rotation last week like I was supposed to because of some paperwork difficulties, but I finally started today so it’s back to the tupperware life and being too tired to cook fancy things when I get home!

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

The Plan

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast -Carrot cake overnight oats

-Hard boiled egg

-Apple

-Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

-Carrot cake overnight oats

-Hard boiled egg

-Apple

-Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

Smoothie –OR- -Toast

-Hard boiled egg

-Yogurt w/ blueberries

Lunch -Egg salad sandwich

-Veggies

-Clementine

-Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies

-Quinoa

-Apple

-Chicken parm zucchini skillet

-Whole wheat pasta

-Clementine

-Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies

-Quinoa

-Apple

-Tuna sandwich

-Veggies

-Apple

Dinner -Slow cooker balsamic chicken & veggies -Chicken parm zucchini skillet -Pork fried cauli rice -Pork fried cauli rice TBD

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Healthy On A Budget

 

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Money Saving Hacks That Won’t Throw You Off Track From Healthy Eating

Hello there and happy Friday! It’s your BFF (balanced fit foodie) here to help ya save some money. As a graduate student, you could imagine I don’t have a whole lot of wiggle room when it comes to my budget, and that means a tight grocery limit. It can be daunting to try to eat healthy sometimes when all these new trendy “health” foods like gluten free products, energy bars, and miracle drinks (to name a few) are filling the shelves, accompanied with intimidatingly high price tags. At first, fresh produce, lean meats and other “healthy” foods might seem so much more expensive than all the easy mac, frozen pizza, and potato chips. But I promise that if you’re smart about it, eating healthy can actually come out a lot cheaper than buying all that junk on the shelves.

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Meal Prep Sunday

 

Haaaaaappy Monday everyone!

Okay, I know it’s not actually Sunday and I’ve titled this post Meal Prep Sunday, but bear with me. Now that I’m back in Kansas City and about to take on the start of a new semester and dietetic internship rotation (its clinical time… yikes), that means it’s also time to get back into MEAL PREP!! I normally do all/most of it on Sunday, but this week is a little different since my schedule isn’t set. I did some breakfast prep on Sunday and the rest will be done throughout the week, but I wanted to get in the habit of sharing.

A lot of people dabble with meal prepping, but it has become CRUCIAL for me. It is the easiest way for me to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle when the workload becomes intense, but it also keeps me on track with my budget (which is very tight because hi… grad school…). If I’m being honest, I’ve grown to love meal prep Sundays because what is better than spending time in the kitchen creating delicious, nutritious food that I can eat for the whole week?!

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Welcome

 

Welcome and hello everyone! Happy New Year, thanks so much for stopping by! I’m the BFF (@balancedfitfoodie) more commonly known as Michelle. I’m an RD2be with a strong passion for eating and moving. I’m thrilled to finally bring this blog to life and start sharing my passion and knowledge with the world. To learn more about me, click here. For my first post, I want to share why I chose the name Balanced&Fit.

To be honest, it took me forever to come up with a title for this blog. Partly because I can be incredibly indecisive in general, but mostly because I wanted it to accurately capture my thoughts on health while still being catchy and concise. I know that “balanced” and “fit” are probably some of the most basic and cliché words in the health and fitness community, but they hold a lot of meaning to me. Continue reading “Welcome”